EGMR: Korostelev v. Russia (no. 29290/10)

The applicant, Anton Korostelev, is a Russian national who was born in 1987 and is detained in penal colony IK-18 in the settlement of Kharp (Yamalo-Nenetskiy Region, Russia). The case concerned his complaint about a violation of his religious rights after he had been reprimanded for praying during the prison’s obligatory night-time sleeping period. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Procedure for obtaining conscientious objector status in Russia complies with the European Convention

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Dyagilev v. Russia (application no. 49972/16) the European Court of Human Rights held, by four votes to three, that there had been no violation of Article 9 (freedom of thought, conscience and religion) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned the procedure in Russia for examining requests to replace compulsory military service with its civilian alternative. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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EGMR: Notary suspended for transfer of State property to a monastery: no violation of Convention

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Peleki v. Greece (application no. 69291/12) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been no violation of Article 6 § 1 (right to a fair hearing) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned disciplinary proceedings against the applicant, a notary by profession, after she was instrumental in the conveyance of State property to a monastery. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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EGMR: A.S.N. and Others v. the Netherlands (nos. 68377/17 and 530/18)

The applicants in application no. 68377/17 are Mr A.S.N. and Mrs T.K.M., while the applicants in application no. 530/18 are Mr S.S.G., Mrs M.K.G., and Mrs D.K.G. The applicants are Afghan nationals who were born in 1977, 1982, 1974, 1982, and 1947 respectively and live in the Netherlands in Capelle aan den IJssel (A.S.N. and T.K.M.) and Emmen (S.S.G., M.K.G. and D.K.G.). All the applicants are Sikhs who used to live in Afghanistan. The case concerned their complaint that they would face ill-treatment if removed back to that country. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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EGMR: Norwegian decisions to allow adoption of children against their mother’s wishes violated the Convention

In today’s Chamber judgments in the cases of A.S. v. Norway (application no. 60371/15) and Abdi Ibrahim v. Norway (application no. 15379/16), the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been in both cases a violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The cases concerned decisions by the Norwegian authorities and courts to take the applicants’ children into care at a very young age and then allow them to be adopted by their foster families, against the applicants’ wishes. Both applicants were refused any contact rights with their children. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Tuesday 17 December 2019 – Abdi Ibrahim v. Norway (no. 15379/16)

The applicant, Mariya Abdi Ibrahim, is a Somali national who was born in 1993. She lives in Norway. The applicant had a son in November 2009 in Kenya and travelled to Norway in February 2010, where she was granted a temporary residence permit with refugee status. In September 2010 a parent-child institution notified the child welfare services that it was concerned that the child risked harm in the applicant’s care. He was placed in emergency foster care and in December 2010 the Country Social Welfare Board issued a care order. He was subsequently placed with a Christian family, while the applicant had argued that he go to either her cousins or to a Somali or Muslim family. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Conviction of author and editor for article’s remarks on Islam was excessive, breached their freedom of expression

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Tagiyev and Huseynov v. Azerbaijan (application no. 13274/08) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned the applicants’ conviction for inciting religious hatred and hostility with their remarks on Islam in an article they had published in 2006. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Forthcoming judgment in Thursday 5 December 2019 – Tagiyev and Huseynov v. Azerbaijan (no. 13274/08)

The applicants, Rafig Nazir oglu Tagiyev and Samir Sadagat oglu Huseynov, are Azerbaijani nationals who were born in 1950 and 1975 respectively. Mr Tagiyev, now deceased, lived in Baku and was a well-known writer and columnist. Mr Huseynov lives in Lankaran (Azerbaijan) and used to work as editor-in-chief of Sanat Gazeti (Art Newspaper). The case concerns the applicants’ conviction for the publication of an article in November 2006 in Sanat Gazeti as part of a series written by Mr Tagiyev comparing Western and Eastern values. The article, entitled “Europe and us”, led to criticism by various Azerbaijani and Iranian religious figures and groups and to a religious fatwa calling for the applicants’ death. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Finnish decision to deport an Iraqi man who was killed when he arrived back in his country of origin violated the Convention

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of N.A. v. Finland (application no. 25244/18) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 2 (right to life) and Article 3 (prohibition of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights owing to decisions to deport the applicant’s father to his country of origin, Iraq, where he was subsequently killed. The Court found in particular that the Finnish authorities had not carried out a thorough enough assessment of the individual risks faced by the applicant’s father in Iraq although they had accepted his account of having faced two near deadly attacks in a context of tensions between Shia and Sunni Muslim groups, the father belonging to the latter. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Thursday 14 November 2019 – N.A. v. Finland (no. 25244/18)

The applicant, Ms N.A., is an Iraqi national who was born in 1996 and lives in Finland. The case concerns her father’s expulsion to Iraq, where he was subsequently killed. The applicant’s father was a Sunni Muslim Arab from Baghdad. He served as a major in the army under former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and then for an American logistics company after the fall of that regime. Between 2007 and 2015 he worked in the Iraqi Office of the Inspector General, part of the Interior Ministry, where he was an investigator and then a leading officer on human rights crimes and corruption cases. He often had to investigate intelligence service officers or officers in militia groups. His work became more dangerous when Shia militia gained prominence. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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EGMR: Switzerland would breach the Convention by returning to Afghanistan an Afghan convert to Christianity

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of A.A. v. Switzerland (application no. 32218/17) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there would be a violation of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights in the event of the applicant’s return to Afghanistan. The case concerned the removal from Switzerland to Afghanistan of an Afghan national of Hazara ethnicity who was a Muslim convert to Christianity. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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EGMR: Greek system for exempting schoolchildren from religious education classes breaches the European Convention

The case Papageorgiou and Others v. Greece (application nos. 4762/18 and 6140/18) concerned compulsory religious education in Greek schools. In today’s Chamber judgment the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 2 of Protocol No. 1 (right to education) to the European Convention on Human Rights, interpreted in the light of Article 9 (freedom of thought, conscience, and religion). Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Tuesday 5 November 2019 – A.A. v. Switzerland (no. 32218/17)

The case concerns the removal from Switzerland of A.A., an Afghan national of Hazara ethnicity, said to be born in 1996. In March 2014 A.A. arrived in Switzerland. He applied for asylum and stated that he had left Afghanistan because of the unsafe situation in that country and his conversion from Islam to Christianity. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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EGMR: Fortcoming judgment on Thursday 31 October 2019 – Papageorgiou and Others v. Greece (nos. 4762/18 and 6140/18)

The case concerns compulsory religious education in Greek schools. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Lack of civilian service as an alternative to military service precluded recognition of conscientious objection, in breach of the Convention

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Mushfig Mammadov and Others v. Azerbaijan (application no. 14604/08) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 9 (right to freedom of conscience, thought and religion) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned the applicants’ refusal on religious grounds to serve in the army. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: A ban on access to a place of worship constructed in a public space in breach of urban planning regulations was justified

In its decision in the case of Pantelidou v. Greece (application no. 36267/19) the European Court of Human Rights has unanimously declared the application inadmissible, noting that it was manifestly ill-founded. The case concerned Ms Pantelidou’s not being able to have access to a church that had been opened in a public green space by the congregation of the “True Orthodox Christians” in breach of the urban planning code. The site was earmarked for the construction of the Athens Mosque under that code. The applicant alleged a violation of her right to freedom of religion (Article 9). Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Forthcoming judgement on Thursday 17 October 2019 – Mushfig Mammadov and Others v. Azerbaijan (nos. 14604/08, 45823/11, 76127/13, and 41792/15)

The applicants, Mushfig Faig oglu Mammadov, Samir Asif oglu Huseynov, Farid Hasan oglu Mammadov, Fakhraddin Jeyhun oglu Mirzayev and Kamran Ziyafaddin oglu Mirzayev, are five Azerbaijani nationals who were born in 1983, 1984, 1987, 1993 and 1994 respectively and live in Baku and Ganja (in the case of Mr Fakhraddin Jeyhun oglu Mirzayev) (Azerbaijan). All five state that they are Jehovah’s Witnesses. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Thursday 10 October 2019 – Pantelidou v. Greece (no. 36267/19)

The applicant, Aikaterini-Veatriki Pantelidou, is a Greek national who was born in 1951 and lives in Athens. The case concerns the refusal by the police to permit Ms Pantelidou to enter a place of worship, established by the “followers of the Julian calendar for religious festivals” in a “green area” which belonged to the State and was earmarked, by legislation, for construction of the Athens mosque. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Bosnia and Herzegovina must enforce decisions ordering removal of church built on Srebrenica genocide survivors’ land

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Orlović and Others v. Bosnia and Herzegovina (application no. 16332/18) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 (protection of property) to the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned a church built by the Serbian Orthodox Parish on the applicants’ land after they had had to flee their property during the 1992– 95 war. The Court found in particular that the authorities’ failure to comply with final and binding decisions of 1999 and 2001 ordering full repossession of the land by the applicants, without any justification on the part of the Government for such inaction, had seriously frustrated their property rights. It also held, by six votes to one, under Article 46 (binding force and implementation) that the respondent State had to ensure enforcement of the two decisions in the applicants’ favour, including in particular the removal of the church from the applicants’ land, at the latest within three months of this judgment becoming final. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Tuesday 1 October 2019 – Orlović and Others v. Bosnia and Herzegovina (application no. 16332/18)

The applicants are a family of 14 citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, born between 1942 and 1982. They live in Konjević Polje and Srebrenik, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. They survive the first applicant’s husband and more than 20 other relatives who were killed in the Srebrenica genocide in 1995. The case concerns a church built by the Serbian Orthodox Parish on the applicants’ land after they had to flee their property in Konjević Polje during the 1992–95 war. The property belonged to the first applicant’s husband and his brother and consisted of several individual and agricultural buildings, fields and meadows. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Grand Chamber hearing on inter-State case Ukraine v. Russia (re Crimea)

The European Court of Human Rights is holding a Grand Chamber hearing on Wednesday 11 September 2019 at 9.15 a.m. in the case of Ukraine v. Russia (re Crimea) (application no. 20958/14). The case concerns Ukraine’s allegations of violations of the European Convention on Human Rights by the Russian Federation in Crimea. A recording of the hearing will be available from 2.30 p.m. on the Court’s Internet site (www.echr.coe.int). After the hearing the Court will begin its deliberations, which will be held in private. Its ruling in the case will, however, be made at a later stage. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Legislation preventing marriage between “ex-”brothers- and sisters-in-law: violation of the right to marry

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Theodorou and Tsotsorou v. Greece (application no. 57854/15) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 12 (right to marry) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned a judicial decision annulling the marriage of Ms Tsotsorou and Mr Theodorou on the grounds that Ms Tsotsorou was Mr Theodorou’s former sister-in-law. On the basis of Article 1357 of the Civil Code – which prohibits, in particular, marriage between persons of collateral affinity up to the third degree –, the Greek courts annulled the applicants’ marriage, 10 years after it had been entered into, and held that the individuals in question were related in collateral affinity to the second degree. The Court found that the annulment of the applicants’ marriage had disproportionately restricted their right to marry to such an extent that the very essence of that right had been impaired. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Religious Community of Jehovah’s Witnesses of Kryvyi Rih’s Ternivsky District v. Ukraine (no. 21477/10)

The applicant community is the Religious Community of Jehovah’s Witnesses of Kryvyi Rih, Ternivsky District, Dnipropetrovsk Region. The case concerned the community’s complaint that it had not been able to construct a building for worship on land it had purchased owing to the domestic authorities’ inactivity. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Thursday 5 September 2019 – Theodorou and Tsotsorou v. Greece (no. 57854/15)

The applicants, Georgios Theodorou and Sophia Tsotsorou, are Greek nationals who were born in 1951 and 1957 respectively. They live in Koropi (Greece). The case concerns a judicial decision annulling the applicants’ – religious – marriage. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Tuesday 3 September 2019 – Religious Community of Jehovah’s Witnesses of Kryvyi Rih’s Ternivsky District v. Ukraine (no. 21477/10)

The applicant community is the Religious Community of Jehovah’s Witnesses of Kryvyi Rih, Ternivsky District, Dnipropetrovsk Region. The case concerns the community’s complaint that it was not able to construct a building for worship on land it had purchased owing to the domestic authorities’ inactivity. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »